Methods of Consumption
Topicals are balms, oils, and lotions applied to the skin that reduce pain, tension and inflammation quickly. Since cannabinoids do not enter the bloodstream when applied topically, these do not make the user high.
Edibles are foods and drinks infused with cannabis. These items are processed by your digestive system before entering your bloodstream so effects are typically felt within 15 to 60 minutes and last several hours.
Vaping allows the user to inhale a vaporized cannabis product (oil, wax, concentrate) that go directly into the bloodsteam. Psychoactivity usually occurs within a few minutes and lasts 1-2hours.
Cannabis infused patches are placed directly on the skin for a slow release form of pain management and inflammation reduction. These are designed to enter the bloodstream so can have a psychoactive effect, unlike topicals.
Along with vaping, smoking cannabis flowers is the one of the fastest methods of consumption. The onset time is usually immediate.
Tinctures are cannabis concentrates in oil or alcohol and are consumed orally. Like edibles, they are broken down in the digestive system and have similar onset and duration.
Sublinguals are strips or tabs placed under the tongue that dissolve. They go directly into the bloodstream and therefore have a similar effect to vaping and smoking.